Betty – Gerhard Richter

Posted in Art by netscheri on August 18, 2007


A photo painting by Gerhard Richter of his daughter Betty.

I love the clarity created by the contrast of colour against the dark background, and then the additional level of contrast created by the intermixing of the sharp aspects of the painting (the solid background, the details in the jacket) and the soft, blurred aspects (most noticeably the model’s hair). The sharp edge of this contrast, though, is softened by the blending of red and black in the background – but it’s not very visible in the image above. There’s also that dynamic sense in this painting, the sense of frozen or captured time. It arouses a kind of curiosity in the viewer, yes? towards what the subject of the portrait is looking at, or who she is answering. And of course, there’s the pure technical skill in the rendering of this incredibly life-like painting. Like a photograph in its precision, yet with the touch of the personal, that care, which a painting can convey. One of my admired artists.

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  1. lifecreativitycoach said, on August 19, 2007 at 2:24 am

    I like this painting which does make me wonder what the person is looking at or why is she hiding with her back turned toward us.


  2. Black children said, on August 19, 2007 at 7:49 am

    This is a very nice painting. Red is such a sharp color yet contrasts with her youthful hair and skin.
    Good job

  3. bekketh said, on September 5, 2008 at 1:07 am

    i LOVE this picture. its beautiful!!!!

  4. ephemery said, on September 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    It is a beautiful picture. It’s a pity, though, the image here doesn’t do justice to the full quality and power of the painting.

  5. Asylim said, on September 25, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Lovley stuf, little tip for the future, you should really credit your images properly, as in, a date.

  6. lewis in heaven » betty said, on October 11, 2008 at 2:52 am

    […] ‘Betty‘ is a show on the edge between theatre and dance. For director Gil Renders, 5 paintings of Gerhard Richter were a starting point. She asked choreographer Anabel Schellekens, writer Esther de koning and composer Ruben Nachtergaele to make a toolset of raw material inspired by the paintings. Together with dancers Lie Antonissen, Gina Teunissen and Charlotte Vander Zande, she manipulated the given input and formed a performance. […]

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  8. John said, on April 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

    This…… this is just insane. That’s a painting?

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